Grade six students are working hard on proposals for their enquiry projects that focus on sustainable development around the school. They have contributed some amazing ideas including , hanging native gardens, bird boxes, murals, instructional videos, and planting of indigenous gardens around the school. I am helping them turn these ideas in to reality and we hope to be planting, building, and painting next term. This all comes after their wonderful work planting 14 crepe myrtle trees outside the library and grade one and two classrooms.
GARDENING AND THE CNPS COMMUNITY
Our first volunteer gardening session was scheduled to take place on Friday 28 May. However, due to changes to the COVID-19 restrictions, we have had to postpone this event until further notice. It is a very disappointing situation but will allow for the future sessions to be even better. Please keep an eye out for an announcement of new dates when they become available.
You may have seen new notice boards appearing around the school. These are a great way to communicate with our school community and the students. They will be filled with information about events, celebrations, and our expected school behaviours.
Students have helped reinvigorate the school’s composting program during this term and it has been such a success that our fruit trees will be getting the first batch of rich, healthy compost over the term break.
I have built and installed new joinery for room 26 that has provided some much-needed storage for Jessie and her students.
There has also been new, lockable, storage installed in the prep offices to safely house the student’s iPads.
The guided reading room is up and running with demountable long-span shelving housing the books for our junior students - plans are already underway for more storage in this space!
Keep an eye out for many more projects happening around the school!
District Cross Country Carnival
On Wednesday 19th May we had 42 students represent Coburg North Primary School at the District Cross Country Carnival. It was a great day and each student represented our school with great pride and were fantastic role models. They showed wonderful sportsmanship and tried their best! This was a long distance running race and they either had to run 2km or 3km, showing great resilience. The students who represented our school are as follows:
Jacinta Young, Riley Bishop, Amelie Yagyu-Davies, Scarlett Crowe, Isla O’Brien, Siri Neergaard, Anna Hallam, Greta Alves, Alexandra Kennedy, Cinzia Selliitto, Keira Haplin, Georgia Liddy, Ella Appleton, Elikya Dinanga, Charlotte Abbott, Holly Dimsey, Tilda Jukes, Maddison Purcell, Clara Kerr, Camille Sutton-Heath, Ava Sugden, Ilya Rappoport-Perkal, Ned Ryan, Rowan Limbu, Essien Mwakasungura, Matthew Hallam, Elliot Clark, Josh Hickson, Billy Bruce, Per Neergaard, Raphael Avery, Ethan Burns, Archie Power, Luca Mahon, Jacob Gordon, Archie O’Brien, Will Tracy, Blake Harrison, Rishi Gentry, Hugo Svoboda, Oliver Scanlan Jedliicka and Ethan Burns.
We are all so proud of every one of these students and their amazing efforts attending training every week before the event. We had 14 students (highlighted) who made it through to the next level, which is an outstanding achievement. We wish them all the best!
Thank you to all the parents/carers for all their support as well!
Jump Rope for Heart - Thank You!
Jump Rope for Heart is happening right now at Coburg North Primary School! Students are coming together to raise money for the Heart Foundation. It is a wonderful cause and all money raised goes straight to the charity and helps people suffering from heart disease.
By joining in this program, students are either learning how to skip or building on their skipping skills. It has been so wonderful watching everyone skipping at lunchtimes and in their PE lessons. Please keep up your skipping at home and remember this is a great way to keep fit and learn new skills. If you are looking for skipping inspiration, please check out the videos below:
Basic Skills Intermediate Skills Advanced Skills
As a school, we have raised $6444 so far, which is AMAZING! Thank you to everyone who has registered and started raising money. We exceeded our school goal by raising over $5000.
It’s not long until our Jump Off Day (Thursday 10th June), so keep on practising those tricks. And don’t forget to share your online fundraising page with friends and family to raise money for a great cause! If you are still wanting to sign up, it’s easy! Just follow the link below and enter your details - www.jumprope.org.au/parents
Thank you again to everyone for all their support and hard work!
A message from our Sustainability Captains...
Term Verde have been focusing on ways to encourage Nude Food. At the beginning of next month, the competition will be changing from a grade winning badges to individual students. To win a Nude Food badge students need to bring nude food for 10 days consecutively. There are 4 different badges to collect, each with a different ‘Taste Bud’ character. We meet every Tuesday in 1B’s room and Wednesday in the Italian room second half of lunch. Everyone is welcome. (Images Below)
Dave is Dad to Jack (grade 5) and Rebecca (grade 2) and a former school council member. Dave made over 30 wooden trivets (a stand or base for a hot dish) for the Mother’s Day stall.
Dave developed his wood-working skills building his family’s house over the past few years. He uses a computer numerical machine to cut out the shapes and then hand sands and coats the wood. It can take up to 30 mins to make one trivet. Jack and Rebecca also helped by talking about the design and doing some of the finishing touches.
Dave says doing things with his hands is relaxing and has been good for his mental health. He feels it’s important to get involved in fundraising as schools are not funded enough (something learned from his stint on school council). And it’s also very rewarding.
Lin is Nana to Felix (grade 4) and Stella (high school). Her interest in gardening started just before her husband died and helped her get through this difficult time.
This year Lin donated 103 plants to the Mother’s Day stall, ranging from plants in pots to succulents in cute ceramics sourced from op-shops or hard-rubbish finds.
Lin likes to support the school because, as a former secondary teacher, she knows how tight funds are for schools and she is pleased that they are popular with the kids.
Felix says “he loves Nana Lin helping my school.”
Linda and Greg Karafili
Linda and Greg are parents to Pearl (grade 2) and Albert who will start in Foundation next year.
Greg volunteered on the Mother’s Day Stall and Linda made candles on second-hand saucers, succulents in cups, jugs and teapots and propagated spider plants that were wrapped in vintage paper.
This is all an extension of their philosophy to demonstrate equality, community and sustainability and live a no-waste lifestyle. All the materials Linda used in her creations are either found or repurposed.
In doing so, Linda and Greg want to show their kids how to consider the impact of the things we consume on planet and the environment.